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22 November 2013

Speechly Bircham extends international reach with new Paris office

This article was written prior to the formation of Charles Russell Speechlys, through the merger between Charles Russell and Speechly Bircham.

Speechlys has opened its fourth international office in a little over two years, following its expansion into Geneva, Zurich and Luxembourg.

The new operation will initially consist of a team of four partners and seven associates. The offering will focus on tax planning for wealthy families and entrepreneurs as well as corporate and litigation services to these clients, private equity investors and corporates. Such an offering complements Speechly Bircham's existing strength in international private wealth and corporate work, and will serve as a solid platform to add complementary disciplines in Paris in the future.

The partner team comprises Stéphane de Lassus and Anne-Marie Berthault-Boissonnas, both formerly of STC Partners, who specialise in international tax planning for wealthy families, entrepreneurs and management teams; Thibaut Caharel of PDGB Avocats (corporate) and Frédéric Jeannin, also from STC Partners (litigation).

Stéphane commented, "We are all very excited about this fantastic opportunity. The partner team here in Paris has a clear focus on the private wealth, private equity and entrepreneurial market, which fits perfectly with Speechlys' international practice. Our clients expect high quality, responsive, and independent advice from their lawyers, with access to an international offering.  Becoming part of Speechly Bircham is a perfect way to achieve that."

The resident team will be supported by a number of London partners from across Speechly Bircham's other European offices: Nathalie Moreno (a dual qualified TMT partner who has recently been appointed as representative of the Paris Bar in London) and corporate partner Martin Wright have significant expertise acting for French corporates in the UK and overseas. Paul Henty, who graduated from Strasbourg University and specialises in EU & Competition law, and John Ward, one of the firm's leading international tax and estate planning partners with experience of the French market, will also support the new office.

Responsible for developing the firm's international operations, Speechlys' Senior Partner, Michael Lingens, said "Building on the success of our first international offices, Paris feels like a natural next step due to its importance as a European commercial centre. Speechly Bircham has invested in growing its international private wealth, investment management and funds offering and we are delighted that this very talented team has joined us. The addition of Paris will enable us to broaden our offering to wealthy families and successful entrepreneurs as well as private equity houses and corporates."